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Battle to protect Cumbria’s seas receives a boost

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is welcoming the possibility of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. Wildlife in two of Cumbria’s marine areas could receive protection after the Government announced a consultation on 41 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the UK. Sites on the Solway Firth and West of Copeland are among the areas which will now go […]

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Random Acts of Wildness at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is challenging families to take part in as many Random Acts of Wildness as they can at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve on Saturday 16 June as part of 30 Days Wild. The free event, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, is part of the Big Wild Weekend, to mark the middle of the 30 Days Wild challenge. More than […]

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Wild about Cumbria: Meadows buzzing with life

Jody Ferguson from Cumbria Wildlife Trust explores some of the many species waiting to be discovered in the region’s meadows. Flower-rich meadows are a treat for the senses, full of colour, texture, and evocative scents. They’re brilliant for wildlife too, providing food for pollinating insects like bees and butterflies, a haven for mammals that nest, […]

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Eyecott Hill Nature Reserve near Penrith

Become A Nature Detective This Half-Term

Become a nature detective this half term and see how many mini-beasts, flowers, birds, and mammals you can discover as you venture through the boggy and rocky terrain of Eycott Hill Nature Reserve near Penrith. The free family event on Wednesday 30th May (10:00am – 3:00pm) will be led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Cumbria Biodiversity […]

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The Advantages Of Neutering Your Pet

Oak Tree Animals’ Charity highlight the advantages of neutering your pet.   Did you know that one un-neutered female cat could potentially be responsible for up to 20,000 descendants within five years? Female cats can become pregnant as early as 4 months of age and can produce up to 18 kittens per year, the numbers soon […]

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New Wardens Enjoy Outdoor Office Life on Cumbria’s Coast

Seasonal wardens have just been appointed to monitor and protect the wildlife on two dramatic coastal sites managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust: Rockliffe Marsh in the Solway Firth and Foulney Island Nature Reserve near Barrow.   Erin Madden is the new warden at Rockcliffe Marsh, a privately-owned area of grazed saltmarsh, approximately 1,000 hectares in size, […]

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The Common Piddock (Pholas Dactylus)

By Mark Vollers This bivalve  mollusc, a type of clam, is remarkable not only because of its lifestyle but also where it has left evidence of its presence in the Solway Firth. nitially it’s free swimming offspring (larvae) live on rock surfaces like mussels, but they soon start to bore into the rock by making […]

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Oaktree Animals’ Charity: Why you need to get your pet chipped

Oaktree Animals’ Charity explain why chipping your pet is so important.   At Oak Tree Animals’ Charity we get many calls from owners who have lost their beloved pet and many of the animals we see do not have a microchip or, the details associated with the chip are incorrect. The latest figures from the Dog’s Trust Stray […]

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Popular Nature Reserve Making the Wild Accessible for Everyone

We all need a bit of wilderness to soothe the soul from time to time, which is why Watchtree Nature Reserve offers an escape that’s accessible to everyone. Located near the village of Wiggonby, six miles west of Carlisle, Watchtree Nature Reserve is a thriving wildlife haven, home to hundreds of thousands of species. Roe […]

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Dog’s vs Cats: Which Makes The Better Pet?  

The Cats Vs Dogs controversy has gone on for thousands of years, ever since they were domesticated. But which makes the best pet?    The answer depends largely on the owner’s personality and requirements for animal companionship.   Dogs are intensely loyal to the people who feed them. They can be hostile to perceived “invaders,” and a […]

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